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WEEK OF August


What's New

There’s Still Time to Apply for HIMSS Awards and Scholarships
HIMSS is accepting applications for awards and scholarships celebrating significant contributions to the field of health IT until Friday, August 28, at 5 p.m., CT. Recipients will be honored at an awards gala at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. Nominate a HIMSS member for an award or apply for a scholarship today!

Danny Sands named keynote for Patient Engagement Summit
Danny Sands, professor at the Harvard School of Medicine and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, will deliver the opening keynote at the HIMSS and Healthcare IT NewsPatient Engagement Summit, Oct. 12-13, San Diego. His address, “Partners in Care: Reimagining Healthcare”, will look at the exploding population of chronically ill and newly insured and address new care models – fueled by health IT and patient engagement – destined to replace traditional episodic care.

Policy Matters: Register for the 10th Annual Public Policy Summit in Washington, DC
HIMSS members are the industry’s most effective voice with elected officials! Join us Oct. 7-8, at the 10th Annual Public Policy Summit. Opening session keynote on Wednesday, Oct. 7 has been announced, and be inspired on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the opening session on Patient Advocate/Perspective, by retired U.S. Army Captain Nathan Wayne Waldon. To read Captain Waldon’s story, click here. Register today to take advantage of early bird rates, available until Sept. 7.

Update on HIMSS Elections
HIMSS members will vote on bylaws amendments and new Nominating Committee members from Oct. 15-Nov. 15. Now, with time before the election opens, spend some time to learn more about the proposed bylaws revisions. Visit the HIMSS website to access the 2013 HIMSS Bylaws and for more information.

HIMSS Introduces Connected Health Event
The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. area, Nov. 8 -11, HIMSS introduces the Connected Health Conference with three events: industry-leading mhealth Summit, Cyber Security Summit and Population Health Summit. Click here for information.

HIMSS16 Nursing Informatics Symposium – Call for Posters
The call for HIMSS16 NI Poster Sessions has officially opened! Share your case studies, your perspectives and your contributions to Nursing Informatics. Submit a proposal by filling out a brief submission form. Submissions will close Oct. 1. Following a peer review selection process, selections will be announced Oct. 16. Posters will be displayed at the HIMSS16 Nursing Informatics Symposium on Feb. 29 in Las Vegas and the primary presenter will receive complimentary symposium registration. Submit YOUR Story Today

HIMSS16 AMDIS/HIMSS Physicians' IT Symposium Poster Session: Call for Proposals
The call for HIMSS16 AMDIS/HIMSS Physicians' IT Symposium Poster Sessions has officially opened! Exploring advances in health IT and clinical informatics, posters should address practical implications, innovations, and clinical informatics roles. View the Poster Guidelines for further details. Poster presentation sessions will be held Feb. 29 in Las Vegas in tandem with the AMDIS/HIMSS Physicians' IT Symposium. Please contact Kerry Amato with any questions.

One Voice, One Vision: Show Your Commitment to Health IT
National Health IT Week 2015 (Oct. 5-9) is an independent, partner-driven virtual awareness week made up of local, regional and national events that offer all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite in support of the benefits that health information technology (HIT) can bring to U.S. healthcare. We hope your organization can join this year’s 10-year anniversary celebration. There is no cost for National Health IT Week 2015 Partnership. We will keep you up to date on events during the Week, and your participation will be highlighted in our promotions across the industry. Become a Partner in National Health IT Week 2015 today!

Tools & Resources

FUTURE CARE: Twitter Roundtable Tackles Connected Health
In a chat sponsored by the organizers of the 2015 mHealth Summit, participants discussed the possibilities and challenges of plugging patients into their care. #mHealth15

Article: The Role of Team-based Care on the Path to Healthcare Transformation
This new content from HIMSS’ Patient-Centered Care Teams Task Force describes the evolution of population health and care teams, how healthcare is in flux, how primary care is changing and the role of health information technology as an enabler.

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Physician Community Webinar Series “Ingredients for a Healthier Population”
C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA, CIO, Cleveland Clinic, presents a case study on how to manage variations in the practice of medicine by utilizing distance patient education, care path development, clinically integrated networks and the practical, operational realities of evidence based medicine.

White Papers: Measuring IT Effectiveness: Your Community Hospital’s First Step To Operational Excellence
Today's community hospitals often overspend on technology and receive little value. Strategically planned and implemented IT helps hospitals reach operational and financial goals and deliver excellence in patient care.  Learn more in this white paper from ICE Technologies.

Using Analytics to Effectively Manage Clinical and Financial Operations in an ACO
An easy-to-use analytics tool allows clinical and operations staff to easily extract, analyze and monitor data, and take action to meet ACO, and other payer and regulatory guidelines (MU, PCMH, etc.). Read more in this white paper from Meridian Medical Management

Top 10 Connected Health Trends
As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, consumers remain at the center of the transformation. Consumer engagement continues to be a high-priority for healthcare organizations and connected health tools are the key to empowering healthcare consumers.

Transforming the Intranet into a Powerful Engagement Platform for Providers and Health Plans
The healthcare industry is operating in a time where increasing calls for quality are coupled with a rapidly changing regulatory and market environment. This places great demand on the healthcare enterprise where communities of employees must work efficiently in an environment where complex tasks meet arduous clinical and business processes.

The Right Analytics Engine is the Gateway to Effective Alarm Management
This report highlighted the systemic issue of alarm fatigue—how the incessant sound of multiple monitors beeping can lead to indifference on the part of healthcare workers, or result in errors when clinicians try to reduce the noise by permanently silencing alarms.

BYOD Strategy is the Key to Achieving the Five Rights of Clinical Communication
Hospital and Health System IT Leaders Share Insights on the BYOD Trend Mobile devices are transforming the efficiency of healthcare communication and care coordination, while also creating new challenges for many information technology (IT) leaders at hospitals and health systems. From security concerns to support issues, the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend can threaten an organization if the right policies and communication platform are not in place.

Care Transitions: Emerging Models of Care
Today’s healthcare environment is shifting away from fee-for-service delivery and financial models geared toward value-based purchasing models. New models include bundled payments, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and government programs that promote value-based purchasing, all features of a new approach designed to improve continuity and coordination of care and reduce healthcare costs overall.

The Importance of Human Actors and Ergonomic Principles in Computerized Cart Design
While computerized carts have become staples in healthcare settings to improve workflow, the importance of considering the human factors and ergonomics (HF&E) of their use is often not fully understood. Read more in this whitepaper from Metro.

Turning Documents into Data
The concepts of scanning and capture aren’t new, as most organizations continue to work to reduce the amount of paper processed. But scanning is only step one towards creating processes with a multitude of benefits. By automatically capturing, validating and interpreting data from scanned documents, organizations can eliminate the need for costly process steps.

Beyond the ROI of Virtualization
Healthcare organizations enabling virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) have a tremendous opportunity to impact their patient care. This paper highlights the results of a series of clinical and IT staff interviews HIMSS Analytics conducted in March 2015 to highlight the quantitative ROI of VDI.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Managing Performance Across Complex Environments: It’s Both an Art and a Science
An on-demand HIMSS Virtual Briefing
Can your organization successfully balance operational efficiency and monitor health IT system capacity? In this four-part virtual briefing, you'll examine the critical components needed to maintain agile data center infrastructure standards for today's fast-paced healthcare environment. Register now!

The CPHIMS Review Course: A Comprehensive Review of the CPHIMS Body of Knowledge
The CPHIMS Review Course, on Sept. 8, 10, 15, 17, 1 to 3 p.m., CT, spans three broad knowledge categories involving each topic area in the CPHIMS exam. This live, instructor-led, online course consists of four two-hour sessions covering nine modules, and provides an interactive, fast-paced, detailed overview of these competency areas with a variety of tools and resources. The CPHIMS Review Course is not an exam preparation course – it instead offers an advanced review to exhibit your mastery of the material. The instructor will include practice questions at the end of each module and will answer frequently asked questions about the exam at the conclusion of the course. Register now!

Embracing Telehealth – A Case Study
Presented by Jacques Orces, DO, CMIO, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, this complimentary session on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m., CT, will explore how Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is leveraging patient-centered, safe and cost-effective resources to deliver care remotely to a growing international population. Dr. Orces will also share lessons learned on their telehealth journey. Register today

Going Mobile and Getting Smart: Access Patient Information Securely with Trusted Identities
A HIMSS Virtual Briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., CT, will tackle challenges and embrace the opportunities of mobile smart card technology. In this three-part virtual briefing, you’ll discover HIPAA-compliant privacy and security implementation for mobile devices, the introduction of trusted identities in improving patient care and productivity, and best practices for mobile and smart card privacy and security to enhance clinical decision making. Register now!

Calling All Members

HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (CBI) Community
The HIMSS C&BI Community supports activities that promote peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing and education. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events on the fourth Thursday of most months from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Register now to join our event on August 27 “When Data Becomes Knowledge with guest speaker Sheri Zink, SVP, Chief Data & Engagement Officer, BCBS Tennessee. Join the Community and help turn data into action.

HIMSS C&BI for Population Health Task Force Seeks Members
The new HIMSS C&BI for Population Health Task Force is accepting new members. The Task Force is focused on the creation of resources and tools to help healthcare organizations (providers, hospitals, integrated delivery networks, health plans and other stakeholders) use C&BI to harness, use and analyze data captured in healthcare to execute population health management initiatives and improve care and health outcomes. The Task Force is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Nancy Devlin, for further information.


Physician Community Member Profile: David Dinhofer, MD, MSMI, FACR
The Member Profile Series showcases the various journeys physicians take to becoming medical informaticists and assisting those interested in navigating informatics careers. In the latest Profile showcase, Dr. David Dinhofer shares his journey from radiology to medical informatics student to CEO.
Explore the career pathway David Dinhofer, MD, MSMI, FACR took to become involved in medical informatics.

mHealth Summit. November 8th - 11th, 2015. The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Washington DC.



On-demand Webinar
Population Health: The Attribution Challenge - Town Hall Series Part 1

Population Health Management: Care Coordination and Data Workflow - Town Hall Series Part 2


August 28
Deadline to apply for HIMSS awards and scholarships

Feb. 29-March 4, 2016
2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition—Las Vegas


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